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All Chelsea players were happy and relieved when Marcos Alonso scored a late winner yesterday at Wembley vs Tottenham, but one of them was particularly grateful to his team-mate.

Michy Batshuay scored an own-goal which seemed to have handed the Spurs a share of the points, but then Marcos Alonso netted his second goal and secure Chelsea a crucial victory.

Yeah tell me about it lol   thx @marcosalonso03 – Batshuay posted on his Twitter account.

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Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino reacted to the defeat in today’s derby against Chelsea.

Speaking about the differences between last season and now at this point of the league, he said:

“We are in a better position than last season. We play one step higher than last season. I’m not worried about the team.”

Today Spurs made their debut at Wembley, that will be their home until the new White Hart Lane will be ready. Last year they used the same stadium to play their Champions League and Europa League games, but they didn’t succeed:

 

“It doesn’t affect me. But I understand. We need to talk about it. Wembley is not the reason we lost. We played very well. It’s not fair to blame Wembley, it’s one of the best places in the world to play football.

“Wembley wasn’t the problem. We played better with the size of the pitch. We need to be more clinical. We created enough opportunities. We will win a lot of games in the future.”

“We deserved more. I’m happy with the performance. We created the most chances. They were clinical. It was difficult to score for us.

“We were much better than Chelsea. They tried to contain us and play on the counter. I’m very happy. We were a little unlucky. I’m not upset or frustrated. If you lose in that way, I’m happy.”

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen spoke ahead of upcoming clash against Chelsea, when the Spurs will make their Premier League debut at Wembley.

The Dane recalled Tottenham’s last great season: “We were just a bit unlucky, or maybe Chelsea were just that bit better at winning games than we were and that made the difference, – Eriksen added –we finished very strongly with some big wins. We wanted to take that with us over the summer and it was going to be difficult with everybody going away on holidays. But it’s finally here again and we are all excited because it’s been a long pre-season”.

About Wembley, he added: “The whole team is very excited we are going to play there. It’s a new chapter for us,” says Eriksen. “For the first few games we are going to have to get used to where we are going and the drive in will be different but when the game starts it will mostly be the same; the same opponents and the same home fans, just a few more of them than at White Hart Lane”.

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Three players sent off in just two games of the new season are too much, so Cesar Azpilicueta sends a message to all his team-mates ahead of Sunday’s London derby vs Tottenham at Wembley.

“If you see the last season when we were champions, we didn’t get a red card until the FA Cup Final and now we have had one in the Community Shield and against Burnley” – Azpilicueta told Standard Sport – “We know it is difficult 11 against 11 in this League so obviously when you are 10 against 11 it is even harder. When we are down to 10 men it is really difficult so we have to learn from this and hopefully we can do something on Sunday”.

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Chelsea are preparing for Sunday’s London derby vs Tottenham at Wembley: manager Antonio Conte knows his team have to improve and to prepare well ahead of a tough Premier League game.

“We have one week to try to find the right solution,” – Conte told Chelsea official website – “It will be a really tough game but we must be ready, and show the same will and desire to fight that we did in the second half. We need to show that from the start. We will work again to try to improve to avoid the mistakes we made against Burnley and prepare in the right way for the Tottenham game. I’m not worried because it is normal during the game to have different situations – positive and negative. It is important for me that we don’t close our eyes, but to focus on our mistakes and try to work and improve. We have to put all of ourselves into the job”.

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In a clip widely shared on social media, Michy Batshuay was filmed smiling after Chelsea‘s defeat vs Arsenal in the Community Shield and a lot of people and many people claim Batshuay was smiling and laughing at Morata after the Spanish striker missed his penalty.

However, Batshuay himself responded on Twitter denying firmly these spekulations: “Wow lol some people really believe I laughed at my teammate and/or us losing ? Sorry to disappoint but I wasnt. Im enjoying every goal for us scored by anyone in the team, thats the only thing you have to know. have a blessed day (sic)”.

 

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill spoke to the Blues official website about yesterday game at Wembley vs Arsenal.

The team’s captain considers the defeat as a disappointment, but believes he and his team-mates have to forget this and be ready for their Premier League‘s campaign.

“I don’t see it as a setback, I see it as a disappointment because it was a game we wanted to win and an opportunity to win a trophy,” – Cahill said – “I don’t care what trophy it is, if you finish your career with six it’s better to finish with seven. We let that slip, obviously penalty shoot-outs are a cruel way to end a game. We’re disappointed but we need to brush it off and prepare for what’s going to be an important season”.

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Speaking to BT Sport, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard hailed Victor Moses’ performance today at Wembley.

The Nigerian player scored The Blues goal but this wasn’t enough to defeat Arsenal at to win the Community Shield.

“He came at a young age, I think he had a year under Rafa Benitez when he got a few minutes but then he got loaned out for three years on the trot”. – Lampard said – “Antonio Conte came in and gave him a new lease of life. He gave him a role as a wing-back and you saw a player today who was a massively important player for them.”

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After playing the Confederations Cup with Chile and missing some training sessions because of a flu, Alexis Sanchez played a full part in the Arsenal‘s training at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

Probably Sanchez will not be part of the Gunners starting XI on Sunday at Wembley for the Community Shield, but Arsene Wenger confirmed he wants to include him in Arsenal’s selection for the game vs Chelsea.

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Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey didn’t take part in the full training session held at the Emirates today ahead of Community Shield clash against Chelsea next Sunday but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger revealed they should be part of the squad for the game:

“We have basically everybody available,” Wenger told the media

“Ozil, Ramsey not in full training but should be alright.”

However Wenger has still to make a decision about other top Arsenal’s players:

“Some players are coming back, Sanchez, Mustafi and I haven’t decided if they will be involved.”

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